AppleFest a sweet event for Maplewood residents

Brighton long-term care home celebrates community affair

A recent community event in Brighton, Ont. had Maplewood residents and staff bobbing.

The Brighton community held its AppleFest street festival Sept. 23. The largest event of the year for Brighton, the festivities attract more than 10,000 people to the small town in Northumberland County.

AppleFest features include a street fair and vendors, a parade, entertainment, a children’s village, craft show, dances and a car show.

Maplewood participates in AppleFest annually.

One year while in possession of the OMNI Health Care van, residents and staff members took part in the parade and waved at spectators.

The parade makes a detour off of Main Street to Maplewood Avenue, where Maplewood is located.

“The parade goes right by our front door,” says Rachel Corkery, administrator and life enrichment co-ordinator for Maplewood.

“Brighton is awesome about that.”

Residents watched the parade on the Saturday (Sept. 23) of the AppleFest weekend. Earlier in the week, the home held a variety of apple-themed activities including bobbing for apples, making candle apples and enjoying apple crisp.

For the candy apples, residents held a 50-50 draw to raise money for the residents’ council.
AppleFest has been an attraction for Brighton for more than two decades.

“To bear witness to the bountiful apple harvest at the height of the harvesting season, Brighton celebrates its annual AppleFest festival over the last full weekend of September,” AppleFest says on its website.

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